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(p. 134) 6. Involuntary manslaughter 

(p. 134) 6. Involuntary manslaughter
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(p. 134) 6. Involuntary manslaughter
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Nicola Monaghan

DOI:
10.1093/he/9780198753278.003.0006
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date: 25 February 2020

Without assuming prior legal knowledge, books in the Directions series introduce and guide readers through key points of law and legal debate. Questions, diagrams, and exercises help readers to engage fully with each subject and check their understanding as they progress. This chapter explores the three main types of involuntary manslaughter: unlawful act manslaughter, gross negligence manslaughter, and reckless manslaughter, as well as the new offence of corporate manslaughter. Unlawful act manslaughter arises where the defendant intentionally commits an unlawful act which a reasonable person would recognise exposes the victim to the risk of some harm and the victim dies as a result. Gross negligence manslaughter arises where the defendant causes the death of the victim through the breach of a duty of care owed to that victim. Reckless manslaughter arises where the defendant recognises that death or serious injury is highly probable to occur, but he goes ahead and takes that risk. An organisation may be convicted of corporate manslaughter if the management or organisation of its activities by senior management causes the death of a person and amounts to a gross breach of a duty of care owed to the victim.

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